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    MILWAUKEE, Wis. -- President Joe Biden would only commit to a return to normal by next Christmas during a CNN town hall on Tuesday, saying he did not want to boost Americans' hopes when he could not be certain of a still-early vaccine rollout.The prediction of nearly another year in pandemic-dampened conditions was admittedly not optimistic. But Biden still said it was as good as he could offer with any level of confidence."As my mother would say, with the grace of God and the goodwill of the neighbors, that by next Christmas I think we'll be in a very different circumstance, God willing, than we are today," Biden said. "A year from now, I think that there'll be significantly fewer people having to be socially distanced, having to wear a mask."He added: "I don't want to over promise anything here."Speaking during his first outing from Washington after nearly a month...
    By AUDREY McAVOY, Associated Press HONOLULU (AP) — The state House education committee on Tuesday passed legislation compelling the state Department of Education to use federal coronavirus relief money to support public school teacher salaries instead of allocating the funds for uses including tutoring and school security. The legislation now goes to the House Finance Committee for consideration. Corey Rosenlee, the president of the Hawaii State Teachers Association, testified that the measure was needed to prevent Hawaii's public schools, which already have difficulties retaining qualified teachers, from losing even more due to the threat of layoffs and pay cuts. At the start of the pandemic, the department was facing a projected budget shortfall of $460 million because the pandemic virtually froze the tourism industry and severely depleted tax revenues. Since then, a modest recovery and other adjustments prompted Gov. David Ige’s administration to restore funds to the department. Even so,...
    Many homeowners and renters continue to fall behind on monthly payments during the COVID-19 pandemic, and now there’s a renewed push to ensure they don’t lose their homes or get evicted. Maryland has one of the highest foreclosure rates in the country, according to Sen. Chris Van Hollen, who is hopeful that states will get more help addressing housing issues in President Joe Biden’s $1.9-trillion pandemic-relief package working its way through Congress. Speaking with state lawmakers during a virtual meeting on Tuesday, the Democrat noted that by the end of last year, the delinquency rate on residential properties was 8.8%. “That means Maryland is ranked fifth-worst in terms of mortgage delinquencies throughout the country,” he said. While Van Hollen said he’s encouraged by the latest mortgage relief announced by Biden, he notes that many renters remain at risk. He pointed to a report by the National Low Income Housing Coalition,...
    North Carolina tornado: 3 people were killed and 10 more injured in coastal North Carolina Bidens $1.9 trillion stimulus plan is popular with voters, but its crashing into strong Republican resistance in Congress Biden asked for 6 months of extra unemployment benefits. Heres why House Democrats gave him 5. © Tom Williams/CQ-Roll Call, Inc via Getty Images Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), Ways and Means Chairman Richard Neal (D-MA), and other members conduct a news conference in the Capitol. Tom Williams/CQ-Roll Call, Inc via Getty Images House Ways and Means extended extra unemployment benefits through August, rather than September. Experts and lawmakers argue that Americans need at least six months of jobless pandemic relief. Pension funding diverted money from unemployment aid, an economist says.  Visit the Business section of Insider for more stories. President Joe Biden called on Congress to extend $400 weekly unemployment benefits...
    Virginia is getting more than half a billion dollars in new federal housing assistance, and is immediately putting $160 million of it toward the state’s rental relief program, which aims to save renters from a “rent cliff” of unpaid bills during the COVID-19 pandemic. Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam announced the additional funding Tuesday in Arlington, saying the state was already facing an eviction crisis that has only been exacerbated by the pandemic. “The pandemic has not been easy on anyone, but it’s been devastating for a lot of people who are really struggling to keep a roof over their head,” Northam said. “For any Virginian having a hard time paying the rent because of the pandemic, I really urge all of you to act quick, talk with your landlord and seek rental assistance.” Overall, the new federal rental relief funding totals $524 million and comes from the most recent round...
    WASHINGTON (AP) — A Democratic-led effort to pass a $1.9 trillion pandemic relief package has passed its latest challenge with House committees advancing measures that will soon be combined into a single bill expected to clear the full House by the end of February. Democrats beat back hundreds of amendments from Republicans who have raised concerns that the spending is vastly more than necessary and designed to advance policy priorities that go beyond helping Americans get through the pandemic. Democrats and President Joe Biden counter that a robust aid package is necessary to prevent a long and painful recovery from the pandemic. Their goal is to have COVID-19 relief approved by mid-March, when extra unemployment assistance and other pandemic aid expires. A look at some highlights of the legislation moving through the House: MORE CHECKS The legislation provides a rebate that amounts to $1,400 for a single taxpayer, or...
    Members of the National Urban League and the U.S. Black Chambers are demanding that funds from President Joe Biden’s $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief plan be specifically earmarked to save Black businesses.  “It should be specific,” said Ron Busby, president and chief executive officer of U.S. Black Chambers. “It should not be ‘minority,’ it should not be ‘underserved,’ it should be ‘Black.’”  Former New Orleans mayor Marc Morial (left), now president of the National Urban League, and Ron Busby (right), president and chief executive officer of U.S. Black Chambers, want funds from President Joe Biden’s $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief plan to be specifically earmarked to save Black businesses. (Photos by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images and Larry French/Getty Images for AT&T) The request comes as the coronavirus pandemic has seen Black businesses close at a disproportionate rate, and fatalities from the virus more disproportionately affect the Black community.  The New York Federal Reserve...
    The Biden administration announced on Tuesday that the COVID-19 mortgage forbearance and foreclosure protection program will extend through June 2021. The measure will extend the foreclosure moratorium for homeowners and extend the mortgage payment forbearance enrollment date for borrowers until June 30. "As millions of Americans face continued hardship from the COVID-19 pandemic, President Biden is continuing to take action to help keep individuals and families in their homes. The COVID-19 pandemic has triggered a housing affordability crisis. Today, 1 in 5 renters is behind on rent and just over 10 million homeowners are behind on mortgage payments," an official readout on the measure said. The measure was due to expire at the end of March, and the extension means people will not be at risk of losing their homes if they cannot make their current payments. According to the statement, the extension will directly benefit 2.7 million homeowners who...
    Morning Joe conducted a wealthy white panel discussion on the excesses of President Joe Biden’s $1.9 trillion Covid relief proposal that was capped off by Steve Rattner opining that the bill was too expensive when “most Americans are still doing pretty well.” On Tuesday morning’s edition of the MSNBC morning news chat mainstay, host Joe Scarborough and his panel seemed acutely aware of the optics at play in opposing an immensely popular relief package, with Richard Haas even laughingly noting that he fully expects to be savaged on social media. But that didn’t dissuade them from deriding Biden’s “American Rescue Plan” as “untargeted” and in need of paring down. And it was multimillionaire Rattner who capped off the segment by claiming that Americans are mostly doing fine, and don’t need so much stimulus. “It’s been very interesting to watch because there was a point in time where you thought well...
    ANNAPOLIS, Md. (WJZ) — Gov. Larry Hogan singed the RELIEF Act of 2021 into law Monday afternoon in Annapolis. This emergency legislation will immediately provide more than $1 billion in tax relief and economic stimulus to Maryland families and businesses struggling due to the coronavirus pandemic. RELATED: US Intelligence Has Less Than 6 Months To Share Information On UFOs, 11 Reported Sightings In Maryland In 2021 “As a result of this bipartisan legislation, people who have lost their jobs will not have to pay any state and local income taxes on their unemployment benefits letting them keep more money in their pockets,” Hogan said. “Tax relief for small businesses will let them keep up to $9,000 in their pockets over the next 90 days so that they can keep their doors open and keep more people on the payroll and small businesses will now be protected against any sudden or...
    Florida senator calls pandemic relief 'wasteful' as mayors beg for help
    WASHINGTON -- HealthCare.gov's market for subsidized health plans reopens Monday for a special three-month sign-up window as the Democratic-led Congress pushes a boost in financial help that could cut premiums by double digits.This enrollment period during the coronavirus pandemic is an early test of President Joe Biden's strategy to use the Affordable Care Act as a springboard toward health coverage for all. Advancing on a parallel track, the new COVID-19 relief bill from House Democrats would offer a generous, though temporary, increase in subsidies for people covered by the law known as "Obamacare.""It is a hugely important signaling move," said Katherine Hempstead of the nonpartisan Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. "The administration is doing more than having open enrollment here, they're saying they want to make this coverage more affordable."While policy experts like Hempstead are taking note, it's unclear how uninsured Americans will respond. Former President Barack Obama's health law has...
    ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — The Maryland General Assembly passed a pandemic relief measure on Friday that will deliver more than $1 billion in tax relief and economic stimulus for low-income families and small businesses. Lawmakers gave the bill final approval after the House withdrew provisions that would have expanded relief to families who use Individual Tax Identification Numbers instead of Social Security numbers. Critics of the proposal said it would have steered relief to undocumented immigrants. RELATED: Howard County Police Investigating Series Of Burglaries At Columbia, Ellicott City Restaurants CORONAVIRUS COVERAGE: TIMELINE: Coronavirus In Maryland, Tracking The Spread Latest coronavirus stories from WJZ Latest CDC Guidelines Leaders in the legislature say they plan to approve separate legislation next week for people who use ITIN numbers. RELATED: TIMELINE: When Will The Wintry Mix Arrive In Maryland? The pandemic relief measure passed on Friday was initially proposed by Gov. Larry...
    Andrew Cuomo, the governor of New York, appeared sheepish on Friday as he and other governors joined Joe Biden in the Oval Office to discuss COVID relief, amid mounting calls for Cuomo to be prosecuted. Cuomo's administration has been rocked by the confession on Thursday of his top aide, Melissa DeRosa, that they deliberately hid data on nursing home COVID deaths, in the midst of a Justice Department investigation into their handling of the pandemic.  Cuomo on Friday did not take questions about the growing scandal. The New Yorker, who heads the National Governor's Association, instead praised the president in a statement released after the Oval Office meeting, saying Biden and his team 'made clear that they recognize and appreciate how critical this targeted relief is for our ability to recover from this pandemic.' White House press secretary Jen Psaki would not say on Friday whether Biden has lost confidence...
    ANNAPOLIS, Md (WJZ) — Child care providers in Maryland will soon be getting economic help in the form of $60 million in pandemic relief grants. Gov. Larry Hogan on Friday announced that licensed child care providers are able to apply for Child Care Pandemic Relief Fund grants to help make ends meet. RELATED: 2 Arrested In Murder, Robbery Of Brian Bregman In Laurel The state’s education department created the grant program to help child care providers with lost revenues brought on by the pandemic. It will be funded through the federal Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act of 2021. “Maryland’s child care providers have made it possible for front line workers to continue their critical work throughout this public health emergency,” Hogan said in a statement. CORONAVIRUS RESOURCES:  RELATED: Maryland Lawmakers Overturn Hogans Veto On Kirwan Education Plan, Move Ahead With First Tax On Internet Ads Coronavirus Resources: How...
    Democrats face pressure from immigration activists to provide pandemic relief checks to millions of immigrants who are illegally residing in the United States but pay taxes. Behind the scenes, left-leaning advocacy groups and nonprofit organizations are pushing to get $1,400 checks, including in major pandemic relief legislation not only for the 2.2 million U.S. citizen children who were excluded from the two previous checks but 9.3 million adults who pay billions of dollars in federal taxes. The National Immigration Law Center, Church World Services, and Service Employees International Union are leading efforts to whip Senate Democrats into adding language for the checks into the pandemic relief legislative package. The move is not expected to succeed but could complicate negotiations within the Democratic Party in the coming weeks. “We should be working to include MORE Americans in relief and recovery efforts rather than creating barriers to relief that will...
    By HELENA ALVES, Associated Press LISBON, Portugal (AP) — Dr. Nuno Germano had a nagging fear when Portugal’s January surge of COVID-19 cases threatened to overwhelm the public health system, forcing his intensive care unit at Lisbon’s Curry Cabral Hospital to double its number of beds in a week. “I was afraid I wouldn’t be able to care for the patients,” he says. After Portugal figured for about two weeks last month as the world’s worst-hit country by size of population, anxiety over the recent pandemic peak has eased slightly. The number of COVID-19 patients in hospital and in intensive care fell Thursday for the third straight day. The health ministry reported the fewest hospitalizations since Jan. 20 and the fewest patients in ICUs for almost two weeks. But Portugal’s seven-day average of daily deaths remained the world’s highest, at 2.05 per 100,000 people, according to Johns Hopkins University. Experts...
    LISBON, Portugal (AP) — Dr. Nuno Germano had a nagging fear when Portugal’s January surge of COVID-19 cases threatened to overwhelm the public health system, forcing his intensive care unit at Lisbon’s Curry Cabral Hospital to double its number of beds in a week. “I was afraid I wouldn’t be able to care for the patients,” he says. After Portugal figured for about two weeks last month as the world’s worst-hit country by size of population, anxiety over the recent pandemic peak has eased slightly. The number of COVID-19 patients in hospital and in intensive care fell Thursday for the third straight day. The health ministry reported the fewest hospitalizations since Jan. 20 and the fewest patients in ICUs for almost two weeks. But Portugal’s seven-day average of daily deaths remained the world’s highest, at 2.05 per 100,000 people, according to Johns Hopkins University. Experts reckon the surge...
    CHICAGO (CBS) — Debating the fairness of the state’s $580 million Business Interruption Grant program. It’s designed to help small businesses struggling in the pandemic. The question on the table: Is that money getting to those who need it most? RELATED: Youngest CPS Students And Their Teachers Return To Classrooms Thursday A spokesperson told a state committee many small business owners feel let down. “Small business owners would like a seat at the table,” said Elliot Richardson of the Small Business Advisory Council. “What I can tell you is that I’ve heard countless stories, you have heard countless stories from folks who applied for Business Interruption Grants, and they were not provided, because only 20% of the folks that applied actually got the grants.” RELATED: Pritzker Expands Vaccine Eligibility To Anyone With Underlying Health Conditions, But Chicago And Cook County Not Joining Expansion The program was developed last spring by...
    People line up to receive free food donations Nov. 19, 2020 outside the St. Charles Borromeo Church in New York City.Robert Nickelsberg | Getty Images News | Getty Images Nearly 11 million Americans will lose unemployment benefits in about two months without additional Covid relief, according to an analysis published Wednesday. That so-called benefits cliff is larger than the one workers faced in December when Congress was debating the contours of a $900 billion pandemic aid measure, according to researchers at The Century Foundation, a left-leaning think tank. However, Democrats appear poised to pass a $1.9 trillion relief package proposed last month by President Joe Biden within a few weeks, which would avert another cliff.Unemployment benefits cliffDecember's $900 billion package ultimately extended two temporary federal programs — Pandemic Unemployment Assistance and Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation — that were set to lapse the day after Christmas. Now, those programs — which...
    By ALAN FRAM, RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR and KEVIN FREKING, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Republicans are attacking the Democrats’ $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief package as too costly, economically damaging and overtly partisan, an all-angles attempt to derail new President Joe Biden’s top priority as it starts moving through a Congress his party controls only narrowly. Five House committees worked Wednesday on their pieces of sweeping legislation that would send $1,400 payments to some Americans. It would also provide hundreds of billions for state and local governments and to boost vaccination efforts, raise tax credits for children and increase unemployment benefits. Democratic leaders hope for House passage later this month, with Senate approval and a bill on Biden’s desk by mid-March. “This is the moment,” said Ways and Means Committee Chairman Richard Neal, D-Mass., citing the pandemic’s human and economic toll. As committees worked, Republicans launched amendments spotlighting what they see as...
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Republicans are attacking the Democrats’ $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief package as too costly, economically damaging and overtly partisan, an all-angles attempt to derail new President Joe Biden’s top priority as it starts moving through a Congress his party controls only narrowly. Five House committees worked Wednesday on their pieces of sweeping legislation that would send $1,400 payments to some Americans. It would also provide hundreds of billions for state and local governments and to boost vaccination efforts, raise tax credits for children and increase unemployment benefits. Democratic leaders hope for House passage later this month, with Senate approval and a bill on Biden’s desk by mid-March. “This is the moment,” said Ways and Means Committee Chairman Richard Neal, D-Mass., citing the pandemic’s human and economic toll. As committees worked, Republicans launched amendments spotlighting what they see as the legislation’s soft spots. Their themes were clear: Democrats are...
    By RACHEL LA CORTE, Associated Press OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — A bill that allocates $2.2 billion in federal COVID-19 relief funding in areas ranging from vaccine administration to schools resuming in-person learning was approved by the Washington Legislature Wednesday and now heads to Gov. Jay Inslee for his signature. The measure, which passed the House earlier this month, received a 47-2 vote in the Senate. Because it has an emergency clause, it will take effect immediately upon Inslee's signature, which is likely to occur next week. “This bill is not going to solve our problems, but it is a partnership with Congress,” said Democratic Sen. Christine Rolfes. “It’s a strategic first step to helping Washingtonians out, helping our businesses make it through this really tough winter and getting us back on our feet strong.” Under the bill, $668 million will be allocated to schools as they move toward welcoming students...
    MIAMI (CBSMiami/AP) – A Miami man who fraudulently received $3.9 million in federal coronavirus relief loans, pleaded guilty on Wednesday, to using some of that money to buy a Lamborghini Huracan. David Hines pleaded guilty to federal charges including bank fraud. The hearing was held by videoconference because of COVID-19 restrictions. RELATED: Select Walmart Locations In Miami-Dade & Broward To Become COVID Vaccine Sites Hines acknowledged receiving $3.9 million in federal government loans on behalf of different companies he managed, fraudulently claiming they’d be used to pay employees impacted by the pandemic. Instead, authorities say, he used the proceeds to buy a $318,000 Lamborghini and run up bills at a jewelry store and a luxury Miami Beach hotel. RELATED: Surviving On Coconuts, Conchs & Rats, 3 Cuban Castaways Were Stranded On Bahamian Island For 33 Days Sentencing is set for April. The Paycheck Protection Program represents billions of dollars in...
    CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — The New Hampshire Senate is considering a COVID-19 catch-all bill that seeks to help nursing home residents, live performance venues, small business owners and employees required to get tested for the virus. The Senate Health and Human Services Committee held a public hearing Wednesday on a bill that would bring in outside consultants to assess the state’s nursing homes and long-term care facilities, create grant programs to support the live performance industry and businesses with five workers or fewer and require employers to bear the cost of COVID-19 tests that aren’t covered by insurers when they require employees to get tested. The bill includes $250,000 for the nursing home assessment and $1 million each for the performance venue and business grant funds, all of which would come from federal funding. “This focuses not just on the emergency and the pandemic we see before us today,” said...
    By MORGAN LEE, Associated Press SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico legislators pressed forward Wednesday with proposals for pandemic-related financial relief measures, including minimal-interest loans to small businesses that have been battered by the pandemic and emergency health restrictions. The Democrat-led state Senate was scheduled Wednesday to hold its first floor votes of the year on a package of economic relief bills. A centerpiece bill from state Sen. Jacob Candelaria of Albuquerque would authorize loans of up to $150,000 to small businesses at sub-prime interest rates of less than 2% annual interest. The bill allows a state trust fund to invest up to $500 million in the loans to businesses with ownership ties to New Mexico through May 2022 — forsaking traditional investments based on risks and returns. The proposed investment policy builds on a more limited small business loan program last year that provided about $40 million in...
    (CNN)An estimated 11.4 million workers will lose their unemployment benefits between mid-March and mid-April unless Congress passes its next coronavirus relief package in coming weeks, a new study has found.More on Covid-19 relief Why you shouldn't expect another stimulus check for weeks - if at all Democrats want to give parents cash instead of a tax credit Here's what budget reconciliation is (and why it matters for Biden's stimulus) Here are the executive actions Biden has signed so far Out-of-work Americans will start running out of Pandemic Unemployment Assistance and Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation benefits next month. Some 4 million people will see their benefits expire in mid-March, while the payments of another 7.3 million folks will lapse over the following four weeks, according to a report from The Century Foundation, released Wednesday.Democratic lawmakers began unveiling their next relief legislation this week, advancing President Joe Biden's $1.9 trillion...
    By BRYAN ANDERSON, Associated Press/Report for America RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper signed a coronavirus relief bill Wednesday that will dole out money the state received as part of stimulus bill Congress passed in December. The federal funds provide money for schools to reopen, public health officials to distribute the vaccine and residents to help pay their rent. “This pandemic continues to strain communities across our state, and this investment of federal funds in critical areas will help us defeat COVID-19 and build back a stronger and more resilient North Carolina," Cooper said in a statement. The law includes $1.6 billion for education with the aim of helping get kids back to school quicker and addressing learning loss the pandemic has exacerbated. The bill also distributes $546 million for emergency rental assistance and $95 million for the state Department of Health and Human Services to improve...
    WASHINGTON (AP) — House Democrats proposed an additional $1,400 in direct payments to individuals as Congress began piecing together a $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief package that tracks President Joe Biden’s plan for battling the pandemic and reviving a still staggering economy. Democrats on the Ways and Means Committee would expand tax credits for families with children, for lower-earning people and those buying health insurance on marketplaces created by the 2010 Affordable Care Act. The panel, which plans to approve the measure by week’s end, would also provide health care subsidies for some unemployed workers. Less than three weeks into his presidency, Biden has declared that vanquishing the virus and resuscitating the economy are his top priorities. The coronavirus pandemic has killed over 460,000 Americans while the economy has lost 10 million jobs since the crisis began last year. Monday’s Ways and Means unveiling of its piece of the...
    A top aide to President BidenJoe BidenDemocrats say Trump impeachment defense 'wholly without merit' A US-Israel defense treaty has benefits — and perils White House: Biden won't spend much time watching Trump impeachment trial MORE said on Tuesday that Americans and public health experts should not take a recent decline in daily coronavirus cases and hospitalizations as a signal to relax as the government works to get the pandemic under control.  "None of us can predict the future. All we can do is control what we can control," Andy Slavitt, a White House senior adviser for coronavirus response, said on CNN's "New Day." "We need to double down on wearing masks. Now is not the time to look at those curves and, in my view, breathe a sigh of relief," he said. "We have a ways to go. We know this thing has been unpredictable for the last year."  Slavitt cautioned the pandemic...
    By ALAN FRAM, KEVIN FREKING and JOSH BOAK, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — House Democrats proposed an additional $1,400 in direct payments to individuals as Congress began piecing together a $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief package that tracks President Joe Biden's plan for battling the pandemic and reviving a still staggering economy. Democrats on the Ways and Means Committee would expand tax credits for families with children, for lower-earning people and those buying health insurance on marketplaces created by the 2010 Affordable Care Act. The panel, which plans to approve the measure by week’s end, would also provide health care subsidies for some unemployed workers. Less than three weeks into his presidency, Biden has declared that vanquishing the virus and resuscitating the economy are his top priorities. The coronavirus pandemic has killed over 460,000 Americans while the economy has lost 10 million jobs since the crisis began last year. Monday's Ways...
    ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — A Florida man received more than $7.2 million in coronavirus relief funds after concocting hundreds of nonexistent employees on loan applications, federal prosecutors said. A federal grand jury in Orlando handed down an indictment last week against Don Cisternino, 45, of Chuluota. The central Florida man is charged with two counts of wire fraud, three counts of aggravated identity theft and three counts of illegal monetary transactions. If convicted, he faces more than 70 years in prison. Last spring, Cisternino falsely claimed on a loan application that his New York business, MagnifiCo, had 441 employees and monthly payroll expenses in 2019 of more than $2.8 million, prosecutors said. The company actually had few, if any, employees other than Cisternino and his girlfriend, and it didn’t report any wages to the IRS in 2019, officials said. After obtaining the $7.2-million emergency loan, Cisternino purchased a 12,579-square-foot (1,169...
    House Democrats on Monday released key portions of their coronavirus relief package, including a section that would provide $1,400 checks to most Americans. As with previous rounds of direct payments, single taxpayers with annual income up to $75,000 and married couples that make up to $150,000 would qualify for the full payment amounts. However, the payment amounts above those thresholds would phase out at a faster rate than the payments from the first two rounds. Single filers with income above $100,000 and married couples with income above $200,000 would not be eligible for any payments. The release of bill text came after policymakers and economists debated what the income eligibility requirements should be for the payments. Republicans and some centrist Democrats argued that the payments should be more targeted to lower-income households because those households are most in need of relief and most likely to spend the money quickly. But progressives...
    MIAMI (CBSMIAMI) – Relief is on the way for both Miami-Dade landlords and tenants who have been economically impacted by the coronavirus pandemic. On Monday morning, Miami-Dade Mayor Daniella Levine Cava announced a $60 million relief program for residential landlords that have pending writs of possession with tenants facing eviction. The program will offer those landlords back rent of up to $3,000 per month dating back to March 2020, using federal funding. RELATED: Homebound Bay Of Pigs Veterans To Get COVID-19 Vaccine At Home, Says Gov. DeSantis “This is a very substantial support for those landlords who have to pay their bills,” Levine Cava said. The residential eviction moratorium, mandated at the federal level, is in still in place in order to protect vulnerable families and public health. “The federal eviction moratorium has saved lives and it has kept people safely in their homes, preventing the spread of this disease,”...
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    Outgoing Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen holds a news conference after a two-day Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) meeting in Washington, U.S. December 13, 2017.Jonathan Ernst | Reuters The U.S. could return to full employment in 2022 if President Joe Biden's $1.9 trillion coronavirus rescue package is passed, Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen said on Sunday. "There's absolutely no reason why we should suffer through a long slow recovery," Yellen said during an interview on CNN's "State of the Union." "I would expect that if this package is passed that we would get back to full employment next year." Long-term unemployment is nearing a historical peak nearly a year since the pandemic began. Nearly 40% of unemployed workers have been out of work for six months, the Bureau of of Labor Statistics reported on Friday, with nearly 9 million fewer Americans working now than last February. The unemployment rate fell to 6.3%...
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    The White House has launched a weekly address from President Biden, reviving a presidential tradition that was paused under former President TrumpDonald TrumpChamber of Commerce CEO to leave: reports Fox News Media cancels Lou Dobbs's show GOP lawmakers call for Pelosi to be fined over new screenings MORE that seeks to offer another tool to advance the administration's agenda. The first installment was released Saturday morning on social media, with the president using the opportunity to tout his $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief package that he is trying get pushed through Congress. “We’re putting together a plan that provides for emergency relief to people who are in desperate need now,” he said in the taped segment. “Everything from mortgage payments to unemployment insurance to rental subsidies to food security for children. It provides for small, medium-sized businesses to be able to open.” Biden's inaugural address featured a conversation between the president and a woman identified...
    (CBS SF/CBS Local)– An Oakland woman has been charged with defrauding federal COVID relief programs and using the money obtained to finance a luxury lifestyle, including private jet travel, expensive automobiles and luxury goods. Christina Burden, 31, was arrested Friday in Austin, Texas on a federal criminal complaint charging her with bank fraud in an alleged scheme to obtain $4.5 million in pandemic relief loans, according to U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of California David Anderson. Between April and June of 2020, Burden allegedly submitted ten fraudulent applications for over $4.5 million in forgiveable loans from the government’s Paycheck Protection Program (PPP). Burden received $684,375 in from one of the applications for a shell entity “Blessing Box Co. LLC” and another $307,916 in PPP funds for three other shell companies, according to the complaint. During this time, Burden also allegedly submitted a fraudulent Economic Injury Disaster Loan Program (EIDL)...
    By Carlos Carrillo MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - While the coronavirus pandemic tears through the sprawling Mexican capital, a team of public health workers going door-to-door in one of its poorest districts offers a glimmer of hope for hard-hit families. Some 30 traveling public health workers clad in protective gear including gloves and face-shields quiz locals on any symptoms they may have and offer testing as well as oxygen treatments for residents of Iztapalapa, home to some of the city's grittiest, most densely-packed neighborhoods. Noelia Granados, a 40-year-old nurse and Iztapalapa resident, comes from a family struggling with multiple infections, sadly typical in the district that is home to some 1.8 million. "Right now, both of my parents are sick, so are two of my siblings as well as my brother's wife and my nieces and nephews," she told Reuters. She explained that the hit forced them to close a family-run...
    HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Gov. Tom Wolf will sign legislation approved Friday by lawmakers that carries over $900 million in pandemic-driven aid for hard-hit hospitality businesses, private schools and people struggling to pay rent or utility bills. Both chambers passed the bill unanimously Friday and Wolf’s office said he will sign it. In addition to distributing money, the bill carries a provision designed to clear up any uncertainty over whether federal pandemic aid, including Paycheck Protection Program loans and direct federal payments to taxpayers, are taxable as income in Pennsylvania. It is not, under the bill. Most of the $912 million being allocated in the bill is federal aid approved by Congress in December. Some of it, $145 million, is cash from a state worker’s compensation fund that Wolf asked lawmakers to send to businesses hit hard by the pandemic. The money would be available through counties in grants of...
    The Gym Mitigation and Survival Act (GYMS Act) could bring some welcome relief to one of the industries hardest hit by the coronavirus pandemic, providing as much as $30 billion in relief, according to a report by The Hill. Introduced by Illinois Rep. Mike Quigley and Pennsylvania Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick, the legislation would provide grants to cover a wide variety of expenses, including covering payroll costs, rent, utilities, mortgages, and worker protection. Businesses are required to be fitness facilities with the purpose of providing instruction on physical exercise and offer space for the maintenance and development of physical fitness to be eligible for the grants. The funding would be awarded by the Small Business Administration (SBA) with the total amount received equaling 45 percent of the business’ 2019 revenue or $20 million. Businesses that earned 33 percent or less in the last quarter in comparison to 2019 will be eligible...
    HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania lawmakers on Friday began taking the final steps to approve legislation carrying over $900 million to aid hospitality-related businesses hit hard by the coronavirus, private schools and people struggling to pay rent or utility bills. The bill passed the House unanimously Friday and headed back to the Senate for one final vote, although senators last week approved a similar version unanimously. Most of the $912 million in the bill is federal aid approved by Congress in December. Some of it, $145 million, is cash from a state worker’s compensation fund that Wolf has asked lawmakers to send to businesses hit hard by the pandemic. The money would be available through counties in grants of up to $50,000 for bars, restaurants and hotels with under 300 employees. Industry representatives say the money is helpful for a little while for those that receive it, but it won’t...
    The Internal Revenue Service in January mistakenly sent letters to over 100,000 people incorrectly informing them that they were ineligible for stimulus checks given for coronavirus relief, The Washington Post reports. "Its very disheartening," National Taxpayer Advocate Erin M. Collins told the Post in an interview published on Friday. "I know that the IRS has its struggles, and we are all trying to be patient because of the pandemic. But at the same time, these are things that just shouldnt be happening." Collins wrote in a blog post that "more than 109,000 taxpayers recently received a letter (designated by the IRS as a Notice CP21C) informing them the IRS was offsetting their Economic Impact Payment (EIP)." However, "The letters were wrong," according to Collins, and may have been sent by mistake. The IRS may have accidentally reissued letters that were sent in response to the stimulus checks that were authorized...
    Reps. Mike QuigleyMichael (Mike) Bruce QuigleyBiden reverses Trump's freeze on .4 billion in funds Democrats press to bar lawmakers from carrying guns in the Capitol House approves bill banning big cat ownership after Netflix's 'Tiger King' MORE (D-Ill.) and Brian FitzpatrickBrian K. FitzpatrickHere are the 11 Republicans who voted to remove Greene from House committees House votes to kick Greene off committees over embrace of conspiracy theories Bipartisan group of lawmakers proposes bill to lift rule putting major financial burden on USPS MORE (R-Pa.) have introduced legislation to provide $30 billion of relief aid to the gym industry, which has been struggling throughout the coronavirus pandemic due to lockdowns and the lack of clients.  The Gym Mitigation and Survival Act (GYMS Act) would award grants to gyms and fitness studios that can be used to cover payroll costs, rent, utilities, mortgages, and worker protection expenses like personal protective equipment, among other...
    Early Friday morning, Vice President Kamala Harris broke a tie in the Senate to pass the budget resolution moving toward passage of a COVID-19 relief package. Harris’ tie-breaking vote came at 5:30 AM after a “vote-a-rama” night in the Senate, with dozens of amendments offered. Passage of the budget resolution is a critically important step, but it does not mean that President Joe Biden’s $1.9 trillion pandemic relief proposal is now law. Instead, this vote paved the way for Congress to hammer out the details on that plan, write them into concrete legislation, and then pass that package under a simple majority vote. The Washington Post notes a mid-March deadline, when unemployment benefits begin to expire—but congressional Democrats need to realize this is urgent and act accordingly. Key provisions that were debated Thursday night and Friday morning included $1,400 per person relief payments, with Democrats making a big mistake by indicating openness to tighter means...
    In 45 of the past 46 weeks, more than a million Americans have filed for initial unemployment benefits. In the week ending Feb. 1, 779,000 filed for benefits from state programs and 349,000 filed for benefits from the federal Pandemic Unemployment Assistance program, according to the Department of Labor. Continuing benefits are now at 17.8 million. That’s down significantly from last week, but for comparison, last year in pre-pandemic February, continuing benefits were 2.1 million.  Welcome as those benefits are, they aren’t enough in many states to keep the lowest-paid workers out of poverty. Millions of Americans are in dire need of additional assistance.  x Embedded Content Economic Policy Institute Although some economists believe that the $1.9 trillion American Rescue Act that President Biden has put forth isn’t enough, he and other Democrats are considering decreasing that by means-testing the direct payment check. Not because this will gain them any Republican votes....
    NEWTON, Kan. (AP) — Kansas plans to invest the nearly $85 million the state received in federal coronavirus relief funding for infrastructure programs and services in every county, leaving no part of the state behind, Gov. Laura Kelly said Thursday. The governor was joined by Transportation Secretary Julie Lorenz at a street paving project in Newton to announce plans for the statewide distribution of the federal COVID-19 relief money. In deciding how to best invest the money it received, the state also decided on an approach that would invest the maximum amount of dollars into the economy in the least amount of time. It also is targeting additional economic opportunities in communities that have been hardest hit during the pandemic, Kelly said. The federal coronavirus relief funding approved by Congress in December included $10 billion for state highway and transportation systems. Kansas received a total of $94 million, with $9.1...
    Here’s what’s happening Thursday with the coronavirus pandemic in the U.S.: THREE THINGS TO KNOW TODAY: — An Associated Press investigation has found that scores of Roman Catholic dioceses in the U.S. had more than $10 billion in cash and other readily available funds when they received at least $1.5 billion from the federal government’s small business emergency relief program. The Paycheck Protection Program was intended for employers who were badly battered by coronavirus lockdowns. Instead of suffering financially, however, many dioceses are reporting in audited financial statements that these assets ended up growing during the economic downturn. Overall, Catholic Church recipients were perhaps the paycheck program’s biggest beneficiaries. Church officials say they needed government relief to pay staff because donations from the faithful slowed when churches were ordered to close. — The U.S. fell behind in the race to detect dangerous coronavirus mutations despite its world-class medical system...
    Joshua BoltenDavid Hume Kennerly | Getty Images As the Biden administration and Republican lawmakers battle over the size of a pandemic relief package, corporate America is on the side of the new president and Democrats in Congress on going big — but also being willing to give a little to reach greater bipartisan consensus. Josh Bolten, president and CEO of the Business Roundtable, a large and influential group consisting of over 100 prominent CEOs, said in an interview with Kayla Tausche at a CNBC Capital Exchange event on Wednesday that conservative efforts to "whittle down" the size of President Biden's proposed $1.9 billion plan are not echoed by the business community. "What our members are saying is they are supporting what the Biden administration is saying about the urgency of providing the rescue that's needed. First get the pandemic under control and second, support the most vulnerable through tough economic...
    President Joe Biden's $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief plan proposes a third round of stimulus checks of $1,400 for most Americans. Yet while that could extend a helping hand to millions of households still suffering from the pandemic's economic fallout, it could be months until the payments arrive, analysts say.  The price tag for the relief package, called the American Rescue Plan, is facing pushback from some Republican lawmakers, who last year resisted Democratic efforts to pass a $2 trillion bill. Heights Securities analyst Hunter Hammond expects the ultimate package could be passed in the first quarter and range from $1.5 to $2.2 trillion.  On February 1, a group of 10 Republican lawmakers unveiled an alternative stimulus plan that would scale back the checks to $1,000 per adult and lower the income cap for receiving payment. That plan would cut the cost of a third stimulus check to $220 billion, compared with $600 billion...
    SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- In San Francisco's Bayview District, it should come as no surprise how good news spreads -- word of mouth and a bit of social networking. It led to a long line of people social distancing at a coronavirus vaccine drop-in clinic on Keith Street."I had been so worried," said Brenda Cook.VACCINE TRACKER: Here's how CA is doing, when you can get a coronavirus vaccineIt is a bit of an experiment for the San Francisco Department of Public Health, based on facts and necessity. The city inoculated, here, based on zip codes and being age 65 or older.The Bayview is one of San Francisco's hardest hit neighborhoods. Infection rates stand at roughly 10 percent."The city wants to make sure that communities hit hardest by COVID are getting low barrier access to the vaccine," said Anna Robert. She runs the Southeast Health Center, which is doing the inoculations.RELATED:...
    CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia’s prime minister said more targeted economic relief for businesses struggling with pandemic restrictions could be coming after Parliament resumed on Tuesday for the first time in 2021. Tourism, aviation and hospitality are among the industries calling for extended financial help after the federal government’s pandemic wage subsidies are due to end on March 31. With opposition lawmakers calling for more business support, Prime Minister Scott Morrison did not rule out his government providing extra funding. “For those sectors and those areas specifically who are continuing to contend with the effects of the pandemic, we have already demonstrated that we will continue to provide targeted support,” Morrison said. “That is exactly what the government will do.” But Morrison was adamant the economy needs to be weaned off wage subsidies, which he describes as an emergency measure. “You cannot run the Australian economy on taxpayers’ money forever,”...
    Ron Adar/SOPA Images/ZUMA Let our journalists help you make sense of the noise: Subscribe to the Mother Jones Daily newsletter and get a recap of news that matters.A new budget resolution introduced by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) instructs congressional committees to establish a dedicated grant program for independent restaurants. The funding would provide much-needed stopgap funding for the restaurant industry, which has been among the hardest-hit industries during the pandemic. The details have not yet been made public, but Schumer’s office told me that the resolution will request $25 billion for the restaurant industry. The proposal follows the contours of legislation proposed by Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-Ore.) that sought to establish a $120 billion grant fund for independent restaurants. Though the amount in the congressional budget resolution falls far short of that, the creation of a dedicated grant fund means it can...
    By Aamer Madhani, Lisa Mascaro and Josh Boak | Associated Press WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden is to meet on Monday with a group of 10 Republican senators who have proposed $618 billion in coronavirus aid, about a third of the $1.9 trillion he is seeking as congressional Democrats are poised to move ahead without GOP support. The Republican group’s proposal focuses on the pandemic’s health effects rather than its economic toll, tapping into bipartisan urgency to shore up the nation’s vaccine distribution and vastly expanding virus testing with $160 billion in aid. Their slimmed down $1,000 direct payments would go to fewer households than the $1,400 Biden has proposed, and they would avoid costly assistance to states and cities that Democrats argue are just as important. Gone are Democratic priorities such as a gradual lifting of the federal minimum wage to $15 an hour. Engaging the White House...
    The economy will grow in 2021 at its fastest rate in 17 years as vaccines are administered across the country and life returns to normal, the Congressional Budget Office projected Monday. The CBO expects that the U.S. gross domestic product will continue to expand "rapidly over the coming year, reaching its previous peak in mid-2021 and surpassing its potential level in early 2025," with an anticipated annual growth rate of 2.6% over the next five years. Annual growth is expected to hit 3.7% in 2021, which would be the strongest number since 2004. "CBO currently projects a stronger economy than it did in July 2020, in large part because the downturn was not as severe as expected and because the first stage of the recovery took place sooner and was stronger than expected," the report reads. "CBO made those changes to its economic projections even though it expects...
    More On: Coronavirus First US airport selling coronavirus tests in vending machines South African strain found in Maryland, becoming third case in U.S. Pilots out of practice due to pandemic? Some say yes Couple married for 63 years has ‘dinner date’ while hospitalized with COVID-19 A group of Republican senators on Sunday sent a letter to President Biden suggesting they meet as part of his call for “unity” to negotiate the administration’s $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief package. ​”​In the spirit of bipartisanship and unity, we have developed a COVID-19 relief framework that builds on prior COVID assistance laws, all of which passed with bipartisan support​,” the lawmakers, including Sens. Susan Collins of Maine and Mitt Romney of Utah, wrote​ in the missive. “Our proposal reflects many of your stated priorities, and with your support, we believe that this plan could be approved quickly by Congress with bipartisan support​,” the...
    Day laborers and their supporters participate in a "Caravan for Essential and Excluded Workers'' in April in Los Angeles. They were calling on California Gov. Gavin Newsom to ensure that COVID-related emergency financial aid from the federal CARES Act reached day laborers, undocumented workers, and their families.ROBYN BECK/AFP via Getty Images Let our journalists help you make sense of the noise: Subscribe to the Mother Jones Daily newsletter and get a recap of news that matters.A group of 100 members of Congress just sent a letter to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi requesting that the next COVID-19 recovery package include a pathway to citizenship for immigrant essential workers. Those workers “have been, and will continue to be key to the health and safety of all Americans during the pandemic, and will be critical for the economic recovery of the country,” they wrote in the letter.  Immigrant essential workers have risked their...
    More On: Coronavirus WHO team visits second Wuhan hospital in COVID-19 investigation Babies develop COVID-19 antibodies from mothers in the womb: study CDC orders transportation mask mandate amid COVID-19 surge Tony Award voting to begin in March though no official ceremony date confirmed It seems like a lifetime, but it was only one year ago that the world learned about a cluster of pneumonia cases linked to a live animal market in Wuhan, China. The cause: a new coronavirus, SARS-CoV-2, that leads to a disease called COVID-19. Fast forward one year, and the US has seen more than 400,000 COVID-19 deaths and more than 25 million confirmed cases — but also remarkable scientific innovation and reasons for optimism.  Much has changed. An economy that was humming along with record-low unemployment was voluntarily shut down in an attempt to mitigate viral spread and the death toll. Unemployment soared to depression...
    (CNN)When President Joe Biden intensifies his attention next week to selling Republicans and Democrats on his coronavirus relief bill, he won't be relying on some of the presidency's most symbolic powers.Out, for now, are arm-twisting sessions in the Oval Office or rides into a lawmaker's district aboard Air Force One. Instead, administration aides are planning remote television hits from the White House, out-of-the-blue phone calls to skeptical Republicans and maybe a stop somewhere within driving distance, according to officials.Hamstrung by the very pandemic he is working to contain, Biden and his advisers have sharply limited the ways in which he can promote the $1.9 trillion relief bill he has proposed in the opening days of his presidency. Flying around the country to sell the plan is off the table for now, aides said, as Biden works to promote responsible pandemic behavior. Even the idea of visiting the weekly Democratic and...
    SAN FRANCISCO -- Governor Gavin Newsom has signed a bill Friday providing rent relief for thousands of struggling Californians impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.It will also extend the state's eviction moratorium another six months. But some tenant rights advocates fear it could leave some renters out in the cold.Gov. Newsom says California will freeze evictions for struggling tenants impacted by COVID-19 for another five months. More than $2 billion in federal stimulus funds will help with rental assistance."We're going to leverage that $2.6 billion focusing on low-income renters," said Newsom.RELATED: New CDC director extends eviction moratorium due to COVID-19 until at least March 31The federal money can only be spent on households whose income is 80% or less of the area median income. It prioritizes relief for households at 50% or less of the median income and those unemployed for at least three months.Under the new bill, the state will...
    SAN FRANCISCO -- Governor Gavin Newsom is expected to sign a bill Friday providing rent relief for thousands of struggling Californians impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.Check back here to watch Gov. Newsom sign the bill live at 10 a.m.It would also extend the state's eviction moratorium another six months. But some tenant rights advocates fear it could leave some renters out in the cold.Gov. Newsom says California will freeze evictions for struggling tenants impacted by COVID-19 for another five months. More than $2 billion in federal stimulus funds will help with rental assistance."We're going to leverage that $2.6 billion focusing on low income renters," said Newsom.RELATED: New CDC director extends eviction moratorium due to COVID-19 until at least March 31Under the new bill, the state will cover 80% of the rent you missed between April 2020 and March 2021 -- as long as the landlord forgives the remaining 20% and...
    SAN FRANCISCO -- Governor Gavin Newsom is expected to sign a bill Friday providing rent relief for thousands of struggling Californians impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.Check back here to watch Gov. Newsom sign the bill live at 10 a.m.It would also extend the state's eviction moratorium another six months. But some tenant rights advocates fear it could leave some renters out in the cold.Gov. Newsom says California will freeze evictions for struggling tenants impacted by COVID-19 for another five months. More than $2 billion in federal stimulus funds will help with rental assistance."We're going to leverage that $2.6 billion focusing on low income renters," said Newsom.RELATED: New CDC director extends eviction moratorium due to COVID-19 until at least March 31Under the new bill, the state will cover 80% of the rent you missed between April 2020 and March 2021 -- as long as the landlord forgives the remaining 20% and...
    Michigan's Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer chided the state's House Republicans on Thursday after the lawmakers threatened to withhold billions in school funding over arguments regarding her handling of the COVID-19 pandemic. At a news conference, Whitmer said the GOP members' actions were "cruel and reckless," noting that lives continue to hang in the balance.  Numbers in the state have dipped recently and officials reported the fewest new cases in over three months on Tuesday.  DEM GOVS WHITMER, MURPHY FLOUT OWN CORONAVIRUS RESTRICTIONS FOR BIDEN INAUGURATION On Thursday, the state's Department of Health reported 1,872 new cases and 80 deaths. There have been almost 14,500 deaths there since March. "The executive has to be nimble and quick when lives are on the line," she said. In addition, Whitmer also addressed criticism largely regarding her handling of in-person education and sports. She said that while metrics matter in the state's response to the virus's spread,...
    Democratic Minnesota Sen. Ilhan Omar and 50 other representatives sent a letter to President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris on Tuesday calling for monthly stimulus checks. “People across Minnesota and the entire country are suffering. Millions remain out of work and countless more have had their hours cut or income dry up as a result of the pandemic. A one-time payment of $2,000 is simply not enough,” Omar said in the statement. The Biden administration has proposed a one-time $1,400 stimulus check. If the $1.9 trillion plan is passed, it would be the third direct payment made to individuals amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. Omar said these previous stimulus bills “provided critical relief to those who needed it most.” “The American people are counting on us to deliver transformative change, and we need to meet the moment by delivering monthly payments of $2,000,” she continued. “Another one-time round...
    The Pennsylvania Senate approved a bill Wednesday that aims to provide $145 million in state aid to bars and restaurants crushed under ongoing pandemic restrictions. Senate Bill 109 would amend the Fiscal Code to provide funding for the Hospitality Industry Recovery Program, as well as $569.8 million for rental and utility assistance and $197 million for education programs. The hospitality program would offer grants worth between $5,000 and $50,000 to establishments that have not already received loans from the state or federal government; were subject to Gov. Tom Wolf’s closure mandates implemented through disaster declarations; and can demonstrate revenue reduction of at least 50 percent for the affected time period. Sen. Pat Stefano, R-Connellsville, sponsored the proposal after speaking with “hundreds” of bar, restaurant and hotel owners hampered by pandemic restrictions on travel, indoor dining and alcohol sales. “They have all echoed the same message;...
    MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — In a letter to President Joe Biden this week, Rep. Ilhan Omar called for him include in his COVID-19 relief package recurring monthly payments of $2,000. “People across Minnesota and the entire country are suffering,” the congresswoman wrote in a statement released by her office. “Millions remain out of work and countless more have had their hours cut or income dry up as a result of the pandemic. A one-time payment of $2,000 is simply not enough.” Omar’s letter to the president was also signed by more than 50 other U.S. representatives, including fellow Squad members Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York, Ayanna Pressley of Massachusetts, and Rashida Tlaib of Michigan. In her letter, Omar says the recurring payments of $2,000 will help ensure that people at the bottom of the economic ladder can make ends meet during the pandemic. She also says this solution...
    SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- Bay Area transit agencies are getting a cash infusion from a federal coronavirus relief package.The Bay Area's Metropolitan Transportation Commission announced Wednesday that BART will get more than $103 million.Muni is getting nearly $44 million.$20 million is going to the Golden Gate Bridge Highway and Transportation District.And, Caltrain is getting $6.9 million.App users: For a better experience, click here to view the full map in a new windowIf you have a question or comment about the coronavirus pandemic, submit yours via the form below or here.Get the latest news, information and videos about the novel coronavirus pandemic here RELATED STORIES & VIDEOS: Map: CA counties that can, can't reopen under new rules Updated number of COVID-19 deaths, cases in Bay Area COVID-19 Help: Comprehensive list of resources, information California EDD: The most commonly asked questions we get about unemployment and PUA How to tell...
    SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- Bay Area transit agencies are getting a cash infusion from a federal coronavirus relief package.The Bay Area's Metropolitan Transportation Commission announced Wednesday that BART will get more than $103 million.Muni is getting nearly $44 million.$20 million is going to the Golden Gate Bridge Highway and Transportation District.And, Caltrain is getting $6.9 million.App users: For a better experience, click here to view the full map in a new windowIf you have a question or comment about the coronavirus pandemic, submit yours via the form below or here.Get the latest news, information and videos about the novel coronavirus pandemic here RELATED STORIES & VIDEOS: Map: CA counties that can, can't reopen under new rules Updated number of COVID-19 deaths, cases in Bay Area COVID-19 Help: Comprehensive list of resources, information California EDD: The most commonly asked questions we get about unemployment and PUA How to tell...
    ANNAPOLIS, Md. (WJZ) — Maryland has now gotten more than $400 million in federal funds to help people struggling to pay rent amid the COVID-19 pandemic, Gov. Larry Hogan’s office said Wednesday. The state got $258.1 million from the federal government this week. That money will be administered by the Department of Housing and Community Development, officials said. CORONAVIRUS RESOURCES:  Coronavirus Resources: How To Get Help In Maryland TIMELINE: Coronavirus In Maryland, Tracking The Spread Latest coronavirus stories from WJZ Latest CDC Guidelines Seven counties and Baltimore City, meanwhile, got an additional $143 million. Each of those jurisdictions has more than 200,000 residents. Hogan’s office said the state is still waiting for guidance from the federal government on how to use the money but added Hogan asked DHCD Secretary Ken Holt to bring lawmakers from both sides of the aisle together to create an advisory group to review...